Honey and Whiskey Spiked Goats Cheese and Onion Tarts

  There is something so beautiful about the marriage of goats cheese and onion that it isn’t a surprise that this gorgeous couple are so often paired together on starters and nibbles the world over.  The sticky sweet jaminess of the caramelised onions, usually with a subtly acidic quality, blends incredibly with the creamy yet…

Chilli Chocolate Mousse

There is something truly phenomenal about a chocolate mousse – like a ganache that’s holding it’s breath, filled with air. The gentle crackle as the spoon pops the thousands of tiny bubble suspended beneath the surface is one of those delicate sounds that just brings pure joy. It derives, of course, from the whipped egg…

Cinnamon Roasted Pork with Parsnip Purée

Cinnamon is one of those spices which is grossly underused in savoury cooking – we all know the familiar taste of a posh Autumnal coffee with cinnamon spicing, or Christmas baked goods offering a warming feeling inside.  This delightfully snappy bark often appears as part of a spice mixtures of food from the subcontinent too,…

Chilli, Lime and Feta Potato Salad

Potato Salads are a classic for a reason – the robust potato, a friend for all occasions, is the perfect vehicle for the creamy, slightly sour dressing that comes with a potato salad.  There’s room for plenty of other vegetables in there – pickles, capers, sweetcorn, onions.  The sauce can be adapted for greater decadence…

Grilled Lemonade

That’s right, you read it – grilled lemonade.  While it may initially sound totally impossible, you’ll soon see that not only is it possible – it is THE way to drink fresh lemonade.  Fresh lemonade has a delicious mix of sweet and sour that provides a cool, crisp freshness on a hot day.  By dipping…

Banoffee Pie

Desserts are something I rarely tackle – I’m not a huge lover of baking and have always favoured savoury food over outright sweetness.  However, it suddenly dawned on me just how long it’s been since I had this classic dish and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.  The name – a rather obvious…

Black Pudding Scotch Eggs

  Scotch Eggs are perhaps the greatest picnic food ever made.  The delicious, multi-layered treat with savoury sausage, a gorgeously soft egg and that crunchy exterior.  Eat them hot or cold,  as part of a meal or as a snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner.  This particular version utilises the deep, gorgeous richness of black pudding…

Buck’s Fizz (Mimosa) Cake

For a fair while in my adult life I wondered what these “mimosas” that I kept hearing about – usually in relation to American brunches – were.  It was only a year or two ago that I discovered it was nothing more than ordinary Buck’s Fizz – the official drink of Christmas morning here in…

Rum Flambéed Pineapple with Berries and Ice Cream

There is such a joy to flambéing food – perhaps it appeals to that inner neanderthal in all of us that feels innately proud upon creation of fire.  Perhaps it’s just because it feels cool holding a pan of flaming food.  However, it must be remembered that it is so much more than just showiness,…

Sweetcorn and Red Pepper Cornbread

Cornbread!  So named for the cornmeal that gives it that vibrant orange colour.  Not a true bread, in the sense that it isn’t a dough so much as a better, but it serves some very important purposes.  It also comes together far quicker, taking only about 40 minutes from start to finish!  Perfect for mopping…